Council explains role in attracting developers to Childers and Gin Gin
THE need for new infrastructure and the current rate structure were hotly debated at the Childers Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday night.
Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman and councillors Tony Ricciardi, Ross Sommerfield and Lynne Forgan joined local business owners to discuss issues in-depth.
Chamber president Ren Cini kicked off the discussion by explaining the town’s need for infrastructure to attract developers and other investment to the region.
Cr Forman said the council provided incentives for developers to embrace the region, but outlined the council wasn’t “in the business to develop”.
“We want to entice developers but we don’t decide where the businesses go,” Cr Forman said.
“We’ve changed a lot of things to simplify the process and entice those developers. Please be assured we’re working hard.”
Cr Sommerfield said the council had gone out of its way to bring development to the region.
“We’ve bent over backwards to bring developers here,” he said.
“We understand things are tough. You have to have the people behind you.”